<i>Republicans flex muscle, Obama promises 'corrections'</i>
Flexing their new-found political muscle, US Republicans have promised a string of investigations into Barack Obama's administration as the president vowed to make some "corrections."
By seizing the House of Representatives in last Tuesday's mid-term elections, Republicans gained the chairmanship of powerful House committees that can seek to embarrass the president by calling top aides to testify in public.
"I'm going to go after a lot of things and I'm going to do a lot of investigating," Representative Darrell Issa, who is set to take control of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told "Fox News Sunday."
Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush faced epic showdowns with the House committees after crushing mid-term defeats in 1994 and 2006 respectively.
Issa said it was possible he would probe allegations that the White House offered to give Democratic Representative Joe Sestak an administration post if he stayed out of a Senate primary race.
Sestak won the primary against senator Arlen Specter, the White House's preferred candidate, and ended up narrowly losing to Republican nominee Pat Toomey.
Other targets of the committee probes could be Obama's health care reforms, the Justice Department's failure to probe alleged voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party.
The White House has yet to say how it plans to respond, but Obama, on a 10-day trip through Asia, offered his most candid appraisal yet of the crushing poll losses.
"People are frustrated," the president told a meeting with Indian students in Mumbai. "It requires me to make some mid-course corrections and adjustments."
As Obama played defense, leading Republicans took to the Sunday morning talk shows to attack the president over big spending, plans to increase taxes for the rich, and health care reforms they portray as a government takeover.
"The American people simply did not like what the president and this Congress were doing substantively," Mitch McConnell, the leading Republican in the Senate, told CBS's "Face the Nation."